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Will Chaney (screenplay)
Gunard Solberg (novel)
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Release Date:
26 November 1971 (USA) See more »
A love story...of hate
Black girl from rich family loves white boy from poor family. | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Golden Globe. See more »
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Middling "checkerboard love" drama...a film of its time. See more (4 total) »


  (in credits order)

Brenda Sykes ... Sheila Smith
John Neilson ... Wayne 'Honky' Divine

Maia Danziger ... Sharon

Lincoln Kilpatrick ... Fabulous Traveling Shoes
John Lasell ... Archer Divine

William Marshall ... Dr. Craig Smith

John Fiedler

Elliott Street

Matt Clark

Ivor Francis

Marion Ross ... Mrs. Divine
Paul Sorensen (as Paul Sorenson)
Tony Colti
Jeff Nauser
Amentha Dymally ... Mrs. Smith

John Hillerman
Belinda Palmer

Ted Gehring
Ken Sylk
Joe Spaulding

Jerry Brutsche
Richard Laurence
Ethelyn Smith
Debbie Duff
Ephthallia Banks
Bellyejo Miller
William Eichinger
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Glynn Turman ... Sailor at bus station

Directed by
William A. Graham 
Writing credits
Will Chaney (screenplay)

Gunard Solberg (novel: Shelia)

Produced by
Will Chaney .... producer
Leon Fromkess .... executive producer
J. Ronald Getty .... executive producer
Ron Roth .... producer
Original Music by
Quincy Jones 
Cinematography by
Ralph Woolsey (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Jim Benson 
Casting by
Lynn Stalmaster 
Art Direction by
Frank Paul Sylos  (as Frank Sylos)
Set Decoration by
Morris Hoffman  (as Morrie Hoffman)
Costume Design by
Burton Miller 
Makeup Department
Rod Wilson .... makeup artist
Production Management
Norman S. Powell .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Edward Teets .... assistant director
Jerry Ziesmer .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Ted Cooper .... property master
Sound Department
Ben Smith .... sound effects
Barry Thomas .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Norman Breedlove .... special effects
Everett Creach .... stunt gaffer
Camera and Electrical Department
George Holmes .... gaffer
Jack Jacobs .... best boy
Michael D. Margulies .... camera operator (as Michael Margulies)
Tom May .... key grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ray Phelps .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Chuck Ellison .... assistant editor
Location Management
Jeff Nauser .... location supervisor
Music Department
Stan Witt .... music editor (as Stanley Witt)
Transportation Department
August Hildner .... transportation captain
Other crew
Greg Joseph .... stand-in: Double for John Neilson
Joe Mazzuca .... script supervisor
Murray Naidich .... title designer

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92 min
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Referenced in Prime Cut (1972)See more »
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12 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Middling "checkerboard love" drama...a film of its time., 5 April 2004
Author: EyeAskance from fabulous Las Vega$!

In a more enlightened age when interracial relationships are widely accepted, films like HONKY are pretty much abandoned by relevance and exist primarily as a time capsule. This is, nonetheless, a fairly decent 20th century American love story wherein the all-American blond-haired white boy finds himself quite happy in the loving arms of a spirited young ebony goddess. Predictable tensions ensue, and culminate in a surprisingly bitter resolve.

Being that this film was made in a time of social tumult and radical change in America, it probably had a fair amount of appeal to younger audiences(there is quite a bit of a "flower child" element one scene, a boy on a bridge pelts swimming ducks with rocks. Our leading lady touches him softly, saying "you'd better learn how to love, boy-child". We then see him tossing picked flowers into the water- LOL!)

This is not at all a "blaxploitation" item, as its title and time-period might lead some to believe. Still, HONKY is a fairly worthy low-budget romance/drama, and though it is(or at least...*was*) a rather exploitive picture, it approaches its subject matter with at least some degree of sensitivity and purpose.

4.5/10...see also the largely neglected but groundbreaking 60s picture "ONE POTATO, TWO POTATO" which demonstrates a far more proficient handling of similar issues.

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